Global Elective for Medical Students

Global Elective for Medical Students

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Global Elective for Medical Students (CUHK GEMS) 

(For Training and Mentoring Future Medicos)  


What is GEMS?


GEMS (Global Elective for Medical Students) is a new education initiative aiming:

Overall goal: To enhance the training of the doctors of the future by providing outstanding medical electives in Hong Kong, Australia or other countries* that include both clinical skills training and clinical research or community engagement
    To provide excellent clinical elective attachment opportunities for senior medical students of the CUHK, Australia, and other medical schools across the globe, including the United States and Europe
    To combine clinical training with research and/or service by including a research project and/or community project during the clinical attachment. To provide role models, mentors and peer support for future medical doctors
    To build ambassadors for their home University and country
  * Students may also apply for an in-country elective



    Generally 4 to 8 weeks attachment (which for outgoing CUHK students would be between April and June 2019)


    The 1st GEMS program will be hosted by leading clinician researchers at The University of Sydney, Australia. Up to 2 positions are available


    (The 2nd GEMS program in 2020 will likely include placements at The University of Melbourne, Australia) 

Programme Format:

    Clinical training including in-patients ward rounds and out-patient clinic attachments, with relevant tutorials and lectures
    Students suggest a specific elective and clinical topic of interest and what they would intend to do for research or community engagements in their application letters. Board members will discuss and finalize the proposal with them and guide them through the clinical research and/or community projects


    Medical students with at least one year of clinical training in their home medical school with satisfactory progress
    Written and spoken language skills of an appropriate level to undertake the GEMS programme in the host institution (for Australia, this will be English)
    Can provide at least 3 referees (preferably 2 from academia and 1 from non-academia) for the selection process
    Agreement to provide short reports, preferably with photos, upon completion of the CUHK GEMS programme, which can be utilised in promotion of the initiative, such as being placed on the website
    Able to self-fund expenses such as airfares, accommodation, living expenses and visa applications




    Any placement fees, visa, travel and living expenses are to be met by the student. Students are eligible to apply for and hold any available travel grants
    An AUD 500 scholarship is available from the GEMS Program (University of Sydney host)

How to apply:

    Students interested in the GEMS programme should send the following documents to Dr. Alice Kong at email:
        A letter of application (limited to 2 pages) specifying:
          - preferred field of medicine (preferrably in endocrinology & diabetes for the first year of GEMS; more fields will be open in the future) and;
          - preference for community engagement or clinical research project
        A curriculum vitae
        3 reference letters (2 from academic referees and 1 from a non-academic referee) and referee contact details

Application Deadline:

    Applications must be received on or before (mid-night HK time) 15 January 2019
    Successful applicants will be informed by email on or before 31 January 2019




  Dr. Alice Pik Shan Kong
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics,
CUHK, Hong Kong (Chief Investigator from CUHK)




  Prof. Alicia Jenkins
Professor, Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre,
University of Sydney, Australia (Chief investigator from The University of Sydney)



Board: in addition to the Directors: 

  Prof. Vincent Mok
Professor, Head of Division of Neurology,
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, CUHK, Hong Kong

  Prof. Simon Ng
Professor, Division of Colorectal surgery,
Department of Surgery, CUHK, Hong Kong


Dr. Tiffany Yau
Specialist in Endocrinology,
Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong




  Prof. Francis Ka Leung Chan
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, Hong Kong


Special Considerations:

    For interested students with financial difficulties who aspire to join the GEMS program, please contact Ms. Sally Ng at email: for information related to Faculty Scholarship(s) to support medical students’ overseas elective attachment

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